S’pore team helps build homes, provide clean water in Sri Lanka

Ten volunteers from CHARIS recently embarked on a journey to teach and build bio-sand water filtration systems and assist in house building efforts in Sri Lanka.During the June 12-18 trip, they also spent time forging friendships with the locals, many whom had received financial assistance from CHARIS (Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore) to [...]

On the foot-washing rite

The following article has been released by the Archdiocesan Liturgy CommissionThe foot-washing rite, called the Mandatum was re-introduced into the liturgy by Pope Pius XII in 1955.A circular letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) explains its purpose: “The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this [...]

LETTER: Why footwashing ceremony on Holy Thursday is only for men

For the last several years, a few local parishes have included women in the foot-washing (Mandatum) rite in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.The rubrics of the 1970 Missal, however, specify that only males may be selected.While Pope Francis has washed women’s feet on Holy Thursday, the fact that he has not [...]


In the case of a boy, off comes the hat. In the case of a girl, On goes the hat. This custom was established from the earliest days of the Church and is a nice custom that prevails today.Next, bless yourself with Holy Water. Holy Water is a Sacramental and blessing ourselves with it is [...]

Mass “In Cena Domini” At The Don Gnocchi Centre

Vatican City, April 2014 (VIS) – At 5 p.m. the Holy Father left the Vatican for the St. Mary of Providence Centre of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, where at 5.30 p.m. he celebrated Holy Mass “in Cena Domini”, with which the Easter Triduum begins. This Maundy Thursday celebration includes the announcement of the commandment [...]

Washing of feet on Maundy Thursday (Apr 27)

I refer to the article on Holy Week celebrations (April 30, 2006 edition of the Catholic News). Article 51 of "Paschales Solemnitatis" (Jan. 16, 1988) states "The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came 'not to be [...]